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Jon Jones to Take On Jake O’Brien @ UFC 100

(‘Bones’ Jones: Nothing but awesome.)

Between his unstoppable takedowns and wildly unorthodox YouTube-influenced striking, Jon Jones has caught the attention of many UFC fans, who see him as one of the future stars of the light-heavyweight division. And after his one-sided mollywhopping of Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 in January, he’ll be getting another big name to prove himself against. TheGarv has confirmed that Jones will compete next at UFC 100 (July 11th, Las Vegas) where he’ll take on former heavyweight Jake O’Brien. Known primarily as a wrestler, O’Brien most recently won a split-decision over Christian Wellisch during his light-heavyweight debut at UFC 94; before signing with the UFC, he racked up a 7-0 record with all wins by first-round T/KO, but he hasn’t won a fight by stoppage since August 2006. Jones would certainly seem to have an advantage in the standup, and if he can neutralize O’Brien’s wrestling — a very likely scenario — it’ll be Jones’s fight to win.

In other booking news…

According to FiveOuncesofPain, a rumored welterweight match between Dong Hyun Kim and Jonathan Goulet is now signed for UFC 100. Both fighters are coming off losses, with Kim dropping a lackluster split-decision against Karo Parisyan at UFC 94, and Goulet getting TKO’d in 33 seconds against Mike Swick at December’s "Fight for the Troops" event.

Wolfslair standout Paul Kelly, who announced that he’d be dropping to lightweight after his decision win over Troy Mandaloniz at last month’s UFC 95, will get a relatively easy first fight at 155. MMA Weekly reports that "Tellys" will be taking on Roli Delgado, the McDojo black belt who lost decisions to George Roop and Junie Browning on TUF 8, before choking out John Polakowski at the finale show in December. Though Delgado’s jiu-jitsu is always a threat, his shaky striking could be a major liability if Kelly can keep the fight standing.

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backbaconbilly- March 17, 2009 at 7:33 pm
O.k, I can see where you guys make sense about the back of the head strike while the fighters are standing, after looking at it like that I gotta agree.
LBo- March 16, 2009 at 10:31 am
I'm pretty sure "back of the head" is only a call refs make on the mat; in a standup exchange something has to be going really wrong to be ABLE to hit someone in the back of the head, and there's plenty that the fighter can do to protect himself (on the ground, of course, they're just stuck in place).
just a fight fan- March 16, 2009 at 9:56 am
Goulet still has a job because he is GSP's boy. He carrys his bags and occasionally gets thrown a fight. If Rich Franklin still had a belt, Gurjel would still have a job, too. Cronyism is alive and well behing the scenes of the UFC.
MAD MIKE- March 16, 2009 at 7:27 am
durrrrrr- March 16, 2009 at 5:32 am
To be clear by definition the back of the head is an area aprox 1 inch wide that goes from the top of your spine ( base of your neck ) to the crown at the back of your head.

As per Big John the best ref in the octagon/ring
Bas Rutten- March 16, 2009 at 4:31 am
The Refs of the ufc said that they would not call a strike to the back of the head when fighting on your feet, its to unpredictable. (I heard this after Gsp got punched in the back of the dome by serra.)
yuk tang- March 15, 2009 at 11:21 pm
Jon Jones is the shit ..he should whip this guy
Anonymous- March 15, 2009 at 11:15 pm
Curtis Sample Says:
Sun, 03/15/2009 - 08:49

Tree Frog- March 15, 2009 at 9:26 pm
Kim won that fight. The judges straight up screwed him over, despite the slowdown after the first.

Karo is a pill-popping piece of trash.

Cracker- March 15, 2009 at 7:54 pm
That Jones kid is one bad negro.
Long Nuts Himself- March 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm
Long Nuts Himself- March 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm
canadian_phil- March 15, 2009 at 6:49 pm
what cause th e lead in sevendust is black ? and machine is white?
Lysol- March 15, 2009 at 6:47 pm
Anonymous- March 15, 2009 at 5:39 pm
Gotta love joe silva freaking out after that elbow, looks like his brain is going to explode.
CanadianProduce- March 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm
Jon Jones is to Sevendust what Jake O'Brien is to Machine Head....

Damn as much as I wanna see JJ do well, I have to give this one to Machine Head.
Curtis Sample- March 15, 2009 at 2:59 pm
Can I Sample some Anus?
bonerjams98- March 15, 2009 at 2:55 pm
fuck me
Uncle Sams Misguided Child (USMC)- March 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm
sorry @ Fedor a million ankles I hit reply and thought it would automaticly put that in
Uncle Sams Misguided Child (USMC)- March 15, 2009 at 2:10 pm
Wow while I agree with most eberything you post and dig your screen name how the fuck can you say that Jones isnt worthy of UFC 100's main card. That kid was amazing he completely dominated a top LHW (OK maybe not top but up there). Bonnar is no stepping stone and Jones made him look like an unskilled 9 year old girl. I see big things in his future and hope that Dana lets him face a few more cans before feeding him to the wolves.
Dana White is a HOMO- March 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm
Man, im never first!
bonerjams98- March 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm
Jones is good has some real unorthadox striking and can wrestle but there is a mental aspect to mma that guys like him don't tend to posses. He may go awhile undefeated but I have a feeling the second he gets submited and realizes he isn't unstoppable he'll just fall apart. Jake O'brien should just poke him in the eye.
PurplePickle- March 15, 2009 at 1:18 pm
I thought Bonnar looked bad as much as Jones looked good in that fight. The takedowns were sweet, but Bonnar looked stiff and slow. This could mean Bones is just that good or like Alexander vs Jardine, the new guy looks unstoppable until his flaws are exploited later by another fighter who has him figured out. Time will tell. Nevertheless, Jones should be entertaining to watch.
Rich S.- March 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm
i used to hate Jake O'Brien..
now i just feel sorry for him..
Goog- March 15, 2009 at 12:50 pm
Jones is the shit all of a sudden because he lands one debatably illegal elbow for the highlight reel? Nah. By the way, it was the fancy spinning elbow that lost Faber his belt. It looks great if you land it, but if not...

He looks like a talented kid, but like it was stated above - you need to cut a path through your division over your first few fights, not just have one good outing. Bonnar's no joke, though, so good for Jones. Keep it up.